Physical Description

Type Information

Paratype for Haliclona xena de Weerdt, 1986
Catalog Number: USNM 42403
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Preparation: Alcohol (Ethanol)
Collector(s): W. de Weerdt
Year Collected: 1984
Locality: Oosterschelde, Yerseke, NE Of, On Oysterbeds, Netherlands, North Atlantic Ocean
  • Paratype: de Weerdt, W. H. 1986. Beaufortia. 36(6): 117-122, f.11, pl.i(3), pl.iii(4), pl.vii(5,6).
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Holotype for Haliclona xena de Weerdt, 1986
Catalog Number: USNM 42402
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Preparation: Alcohol (Ethanol)
Collector(s): W. de Weerdt
Year Collected: 1982
Locality: Oosterschelde, Yerseke, NE Of, On Oysterbeds, Netherlands, North Atlantic Ocean
  • Holotype: de Weerdt, W. H. 1986. Beaufortia. 36(6): 117-122, f.11, pl.i(3), pl.iii(4), pl.vii(5,6).
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Ecology

Migration

Alien species

Haliclona (Soestella) xena was first discovered in the Netherlands in 1977. It took until 1986 before this species - previously unknown to science - was described and assigned a scientific name. In the year 2009 this species occurs along the Dutch coast, in Zeeland as well as the Wadden Sea. In Belgium, this species was first reported in 1988 at the marina of Zeebrugge, and since 2009 is also found in the Ostend Sluice dock. This purple-red to pale brown sponge can be found adhered to many substrate types in marine and brackish water.
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Alien species

De paarse buisjesspons Haliclona (Soestella) xena was voor het eerst ondekt in Nederland in 1977. Het duurde echter nog tot 1986 vooraleer deze voor de wetenschap ongekende soort beschreven werd en een wetenschappelijke naam kreeg. Anno 2009 heeft de soort zich verspreid langs de Nederlandse kust, zowel in Zeeland als in de Waddenzee. In België is deze spons voor het eerst gesignaleerd in 1988 in de jachthaven van Zeebrugge en sinds 2009 ook in de Oostendse Spuikom. Deze paars-rode tot lichtbruine spons hecht zich vast op allerhande substraten in marien en brak water.
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